There Will Be Blood

The film undulates at a self-paced rhythm highlighted by its superb score. The first 20 minutes of the film is absent of any dialogue, luring the viewer into a false sense of comfort – the calm before the storm. As the filmÂ’s title promises, violence is an integral method in the filmÂ’s overall scope. Yet unlike typical Slasher films, Anderson approaches violence with the utmost … Continue reading There Will Be Blood

US healthcare

A friend tells me that he plans to drive across America after graduating. The Interstate Highway he says, itÂ’s my dream. But then he adds something strange: ‘hopefully IÂ’ll avoid any pile-ups, seeing as you only get into hospital if youÂ’re loaded.Â’ His idea is to travel on a shoestring. He is not the only person I know who believes that if you need emergency … Continue reading US healthcare

Buckinghamshire crushed in style

To add to the occasion Buckinghamshire Chilterns were one of three teams at the bottom of the table fighting to avoid relegation. So the scene was set for a nail biting game. Unbeaten at home, Holloway knew that the league was in their hands after grinding out very tough results in their previous two games – 2-1 and 4-3 against Sussex and Luton respectively. The … Continue reading Buckinghamshire crushed in style

Is McDonalds the way forward for disillusioned students?

In aiming to represent the students of Royal Holloway, the Vice President, Education and Welfare, Marcus OÂ’Shea, and I conducted our own February 2008 survey. He had received complaints from a number of students about the dining facilities at Kingswood. He was also aware of two new Facebook groups subtly protesting about the dining service with names such as ‘I only eat Kingswood dinner to … Continue reading Is McDonalds the way forward for disillusioned students?

Sweeney Todd

While this film is certainly not for the faint-hearted, Tim BurtonÂ’s copious and theatrical use of blood gives the film an almost comical quality, which is exacerbated by the fact that itÂ’s also a musical (Somehow I can never quite take Depp seriously when heÂ’s singing in falsetto). Steven Sandheim deals beautifully with the score for the film, keeping it less fragmented and complicated than … Continue reading Sweeney Todd

Universities and unions urged to spy on extremist groups

1. To promote and reinforce shared values; to create space for free and open debate; and to listen to and support mainstream voices. 2. To break down segregation amongst different student communities including by supporting inter-faith and inter-cultural dialogue and understanding and to engage all students in playing a full and active role in wider engagement with society. 3. To ensure student safety and campuses … Continue reading Universities and unions urged to spy on extremist groups

Students Union announces Sabbatical and Media Election results

After a week of campaigning that commenced on Wednesday 23rd January, the polls opened around campus on Monday 28th with just over 1300 students voting before the ballot boxes closed at 7:30pm on Tuesday 29th. The count began on Wednesday afternoon with Joff Manning announced the results in TommyÂ’s Bar to a nervous crowd several hours later. The voter turnout was just below the level … Continue reading Students Union announces Sabbatical and Media Election results

Holloway welcomes Labour Society

Newly ratified at the end of last year the society has now elected a full committee and is beginning operations in earnest. As RHUL Labour Students president Roxanne Mashari explains this society is “the most original political group on campus. RHUL was the only college in the University of London not to have a Labour representation and this has needed changing for some time.” Royal … Continue reading Holloway welcomes Labour Society